I know how you feel. I also know that you are not alone. There are many others who have experienced the same thing and are dealing with it.
You have come here because you want to know how to handle evil people biblically without sinning which can be a challenge at times due to our emotions.
In this article, I will share some of the things that I have learned over time about how to deal with an evil person biblically without causing unnecessary drama.
The Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament has a lot to say on how to deal with evil people biblically as we will see shortly.
First of all, please understand that there is no perfect formula for dealing with an evil person biblically. There are no perfect answers for every situation. The only ideal answer for dealing with an evil person biblically is Jesus Christ Himself.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but principalities and spiritual forces of wickedness in high places operating on evil people making them act the way they do to us.
If you want to deal with evil people biblically in a loving way without being mean, you need to understand those evil people are not your enemy and that you are not wrestling against flesh and blood.
With that said, Let’s look at the 7 effective ways how to deal with an evil person biblically that will help you sort out evil people in your life without any unnecessary drama.
7 Ways Of Dealing With Evil People Biblically.
Below are the 7 biblical ways you can use to deal with evil people in your life who are trying to make your life difficult for no reason.
- Pray For Them To Change.
- Don’t Get Angry With Them.
- Remember That You Can’t Change Them.
- Don’t Defend Yourself Against Them.
- Don’t Gossip About Them.
- Love Them Unconditionally.
- Speak The Truth In Love.
1. Pray For Them To Change.
Praying for the salvation of the evil people in your life who are trying to make your life a living hell on earth is one of the best things you can do for yourself and them in the long run.
By praying for the evil people in your life, you are paving way for their evil hardened hearts to be softened by God. In addition, you are also neutralizing evil forces at work in those evil people who are trying to make your life difficult.
Remember, as we saw earlier in Ephesians 6:18 that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood but principalities and spiritual forces of wickedness in high places at work in the evil people you are encountering in your life.
If you don’t pray for an evil person in your life trying to make your life hard, you will resort to carnal means of dealing with such a person such as revenge or retaliation exactly what the devil wants you to do.
Understand that Satan here is your real enemy and he’s using evil people in your life as pawns to accomplish the evil agenda he has for your life. But, when you pray for them, Satan’s evil schemes against your life via evil people are neutralized.
2. Don’t Get Angry With Them.
The second thing we must do when dealing with an evil person is resisting the temptation to get angry at them. Anger only leads to more sin and more trouble in this world (Proverbs 29:11).
It is better not to say anything at all than it is to say something out of anger that you will regret later (Proverbs 15:1). If you feel yourself getting angry with someone who’s doing evil to you, pray so that your anger doesn’t get out of hand.
Remember, the devil wants you to be angry with the evil people who do you wrong in your life so that you can end up sinning by your anger and bitterness which may have developed due to your anger against them.
It’s natural to get angry at evil people who do us wrong and try to seek revenge for the wrongs these people have done against us by their evil deeds.
But as a Christian, you need to be like Jesus Christ who set us an example to follow on how He dealt with evil people in His time. Jesus Christ never retaliated against the evil people in His life as He knew they knew not what they were doing. So, should you.
3. Remember That You Can’t Change Them.
Remember what Jesus said about the wheat and the tares in Matthews 13:24-30? It’s okay to separate from evil people sometimes, but let’s not cut off our noses to spite our faces.
If there’s no hope for them to change for the better, then we should separate from them and let God work on their heart from a safe distance (Matthew 7:15-20).
But if there’s hope for someone that they can change, we need to be patient with them a little and pray for them (Galatians 6:1-2). If we’re going to love our enemies, then we need to pray for them, too.
Very often due to impatience, we can find ourselves in a situation where we want to try to change a wicked person on our terms so that they can act the way we want them to act but that only leads to disastrous results.
You must remember that only the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to change a wicked person or evildoer and it’s not for us to try to change these people as we are neither God nor the Holy Spirit to make them change.
An evil person can only change and be transformed into a good person if Jesus Christ has touched that person, the only person who has the power to transform the heart of even the evilest and vile person you may think of.
4. Don’t Defend Yourself Against Them.
Very often, when we get confronted by an evil person in our day-to-day life, we want to carnally defend ourselves against them either through retribution.
But as a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ, you need to follow the example Christ showed us when He was confronted by evil people in His time.
As you can see, Jesus Christ never defended Himself against wicked people in His life who tried to falsely accuse Him of the wrongs He didn’t do when He was being crucified (Matthews 27:1-15).
You as well must learn that trying to defend yourself against evil people all the time isn’t always the best thing to do as it only makes matters worse in most situations.
Do not defend yourself against their attacks when the temptation to do so comes. Rather be like Jesus Christ and walk away from them if needed.
5. Don’t Gossip About Them.
Don’t gossip about evil people because it only gives them more power over your life. The Bible says, “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.” (Proverbs 20:19).
So when you are dealing with an evil person, refuse to gossip about what they do and instead focus on how God wants you to act in this situation instead.
Many times, we find ourselves gossiping about an evil person for the evil they have done against us but this only escalates the issue to something worse.
Moreover, when those evil people see that you badmouth them behind their backs, they will wonder if there is any difference between you and them especially if you claim to be a Christian.
So, avoid gossiping about evil people in your life be it in a place of work or family gatherings as that will only tarnish your image in front of them who will think that since you are speaking bad things against them, you are no different from them.
6. Love Them Unconditionally.
The best thing you can do to an evil person who is doing you wrong is to love them unconditionally so that peradventure their heart towards you can be softened and that’s usually the case
Show your love to them by doing good things for them even when they don’t deserve your goodness. Don’t expect anything in return.
Just love them unconditionally because God loves us unconditionally while we were yet sinners, too even when we don’t deserve His love (Romans 5:8).
However, if you don’t show them the unconditional agape love 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 talks about, they will see you no different.
Most of the time, we may be tempted not to love wicked people who do us wrong but remember as Jesus Christ said in Luke 6:32 that if we only love those who love us and do us good, our love is nothing special as heathens without Him can do that, too.
7. Speak The Truth In Love.
Last but not least, always speak the truth in love to evil people, even when it hurts as this is how we win against evil or can win such people to Christ Jesus who can change them.
Since Jesus Christ said that He is the way, the truth, and the life as He says in John 14:6, we can lovingly tell these people about Christ as He’s the only one who can change the evil hearts they are naturally born with.
However, if we tell lies or engage in gossip about them as an act o revenge, we cannot truly walk with God because we are walking according to our fleshly desires rather than His Spirit-led ways (Romans 8:5-9).
When we choose to speak lies instead of speaking truth in love to them, we are sowing seeds of discord among them about ourselves and tarnishing Christianity (James 3:10-12).
You should also remember that when we spread seeds of discord, the evil people you are trying to destroy with your untamed tongue will wonder if you are even a true Christian seeing that you are no different from them with the evil you are speaking of against them.
I hope the above post on how to deal with an evil person biblically has now shown how as a Christian you should deal with the evil people you encounter in your life who try to make your life difficult for no reason. Stay blessed and don’t forget to share before you leave.
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